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Joey F.

Lakewood, CA (1 location)

  • Years Training: 14
  • Trains:
  • Kids, Adults, Seniors
Sessions Starting at $50/hr
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About Me

We all have our own personal fitness goals and expectations, whether it's lose some weight, increase athletic performance, build muscle, get rid of that nagging pain in your neck, back, or side, getting back to your passions, or simply look good in a bathing suite. Even trainers and coaches have goals. Back in 2014 I returned home from playing college hockey, and I wasn't happy with how I looked and felt. A little too much partying and drinking left me unfit, and I was in a mental funk due to no longer playing the sport that I loved. Injury had ended my career prematurely, and I felt like a part of me was gone. When I returned to SoCal, I made a pact with myself that I would get physically and mentally fit. I quickly got a job as personal trainer at a commercial gym, and set a date in which I would compete in a physique show. By setting a date in which I would compete I gave myself something to train for. It was time to adopt a new healthy and productive lifestyle. I disciplined myself to change my nutrition, get to bed at a reasonable hour, and train my butt off. After a year it was time to head to my competition. Over the year of preparation, I lost over 10 lbs and took my body fat % from the high teens to 10% body fat. I was ready for the show, and it was a blast. Since that learning experience, my passion for health and fitness has sparked. I currently attend Cal State Fullerton, majoring in Kinesiology. I'm still working as a personal trainer, but for myself now, and it's been over three years since I started. I'm also a strength coach for Costa Mesa High School football, and a 14U travel ice hockey team. Another goal that I have- and pretty much any other personal trainer or coach shares this with me- is helping people. There are thousands of trainers looking to change lives, but my philosophy isn't just to change your life. My approach to training is this: teach, train, and apply; a philosophy I adopted at a recent internship that took my training/ coaching to another level. This philosophy is all about helping you reach your goals, but the way you get there is what is important. The first portion is teaching. I am not just a trainer, but an educator. When you train with me you will learn why we do certain things, why nutrition is the most important factor, how to change and improve your movement patters, and more importantly the program that's gonna push you in the gym. The train aspect is just as it sounds, we train everything that you learned in the teach phase. This is the gym portion in which we do the work. Improving you movement patterns, building muscle, and burning calories occurs here. Teach and train usually occur at the same time. Last is the apply phase in which you take everything from teach and train, and apply it to your daily life. This is the most crucial, and most difficult part of the training as this is the 160+ hours when you're not training with me. Here you will be challenged to take everything you learned about nutrition, and change your eating habits. All the movements we spent hours refining are going to be used to change your posture, the way you move, and rid you of any chronic aches and pains. It's also the time for you to exert some independence and hit the gym on your own no matter how comfortable it my seem. The reason I utilize the teach, train, apply method is this: most clients on average train with a fitness professional 3-4 times per week for an hour. That's only 3-4 hours during a 168 hour week! I need to make sure that everything we do together can be utilized to change your lifestyle habits. If you're unable to apply everything we work on in the gym, not only will you be unable to progress with your training program, but your fitness goals will get further from reach. This method is designed to help you stay disciplined because change is the only way you'll fulfill your goals. My clients who have seen success are able to apply what they learn through teach and train, and execute. I have a male client who has lost over 60 lbs this year. He has a long way to go, but he's on the right track. We spent about a year and half working on his squat mechanics. We probably spent 3 months on just body squats-and other variations- before he even got under a bar. It was another couple months before we started loading the bar. He recently hit a PR of 275lbs for 2 reps, and he's still getting stronger. One of my female clients volunteers at ocean mammal rescue center. She routinely has to restrain sea lions, seal, and elephant seals weighing between 30-120+ lbs. When she came to me her goal was to get stronger because she loves being around the animals, but the supervisors didn't have the confidence in her to restrain any of the animals. After a year of training with me we have packed some muscle on her, she has energy to perform through 12 hour days at the center, and she has hit a PR of dead lifting 150 lbs for 5 reps. Now at the center, the supervisors trust her with every animal, and she regularly restrains animals. The most impressive thing about this client is she is 73. My teach, train, apply philosophy will work as long as you bring the effort to apply what you learn and the make the necessary changes. Regardless of the goal, it can be achieved with my philosophy, and I want to help you make those changes.


  • Athletic Performance
  • Functional Training
  • Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Personal Training
  • Powerlifting
  • Strength And Conditioning
  • Stretching

I Can Help You Accomplish:

  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Firming And Toning
  • Flexibility
  • Increase Muscle Strength
  • Body Building
  • Nutrition

What to Expect

Structure and weights. I am very structured throughout the session. We start with a warm-up and pre-mobility work (5-8 minutes), then we train. Training consists of mainly free weights, with cables, machines, and bands added into the mix. We train hard for 45 minutes and finish with 10 minutes of recovery. The last few minutes are spent planning and organizing your training outside of our session. I expect all my clients to train on their own. Of course every session is different based on the clients goals and needs. Also expect hard work, fun, and challenges. After all, we have to work for anything worth having; challenge yourself and fun doing so.

Training Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Rise Above Fitness
  • 15604 Producer Ln
  • Huntington Beach, CA 92649
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Wonderful and knowledgeable trainer. Joey is very involved and encouraging. I appreciate that safety and form seem to always be his top priorities. He is very knowledgeable and is a stickler for technique. What's more, he asks how I am doing, demonstrates the movements for weight lifting or anything I am uncomfortable with, and pushes me to do that one extra rep! Exactly what you would want and expect from a trainer. I am still in the first phase with him, testing my body's limits and learning where, what, and how I can improve, however, I can say already that I am very happy to have taken a chance on Joey. Time, money, and sweat well spent!

Samantha M. - March 2, 2017